The outbreak and spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is currently a significant healthcare topic that has many people concerned almost to the point of panic. As with all emergency and disaster scenarios, the best course of action is to become as well-informed as possible about the cause, spread and precautions that should be followed to minimize the risk to yourself and those around you.
Rather than write about a given day’s status of the outbreak and advice for how to defend against it, we have assembled this list of resources so you will be able to go directly to the sources of the information that is being reported. Most of these sites are updated regularly, if not daily. It would be in your best interest to check back often.
We believe that these links will not only provide you with the opportunity to find the latest and most accurate information, they also remove the potential for “spinning” the news, as is often the case with critical topics that can have a great impact on you and your family.
This list is by no means all-inclusive and we cannot guarantee that the entities listed will not make reporting mistakes of their own. Our favorite is Worldometer, near the bottom of the page.
If you have other sources that you feel are at least as credible, please let us know so we can consider adding them to this group.
NEW Consumer’s Guide to COVID-19
This link connects you with DrugWatch.com, where you’ll find a great deal of information about COVID-19 and the pandemic. Some topics include fast facts about the virus and how it’s being fought, how to protect yourself and others, health insurance changes, how to deal with mental health issues, such as anxiety, and much more.
Daily Updates on a Variety of Statistics Relating to the 2019/2020 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
Global Map Showing Case Counts
Shows a Timeline of Case Reports and Provides a Great Deal of Detail and Provides Additional Links to Other Resources
NEW USA-specific Tracker and Timeline of Coronavirus Cases
NEW Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Shows regularly-updated statistics and case status by location worldwide.
NEW Career and Employment Information
Unemployment is the worst it’s been since the Great Depression and a recession, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is creeping into this dynamic and complicated situation. Learn more about what may be coming and how to prepare for it.
NEW Quarantine Information
Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposures: Geographic Risk and Contacts of Laboratory-confirmed Cases
Information About Pandemics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2019/2020 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Updated regularly)
NEW Frequently Asked Questions
Coronavirus (Updated regularly)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (Updated regularly)
Best Nitrile Gloves for 2020 (Product Review)
CDC Stacks test of “Integrity of Disposable Nitrile Gloves Exposed to Simulated Movement”
(See page 15 for the gloves tested and page 18 for how they performed.)
Masks and N95 Respirators
Information about the capabilities of certain products and other useful details
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
From the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
“Hand Sanitizer Shown Less Effective Than Hand Washing Against Flu”
From the Canadian Government
“Proper Methods of Hand Washing”
From the World Health Organization (WHO)
“WHO: How to handwash? With soap and water”
“The Safe Sneeze”
Comparative effectiveness of three ways to cover your sneeze.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel (Updated regularly)
U.S. State Department
Recommendations and Restrictions Regarding Travel Outside the U.S.